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4 years ago

Walmart knows not to sell the Droid Charge

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Attention, workers of Walmart: Your employer would like to remind you that the Droid Charge is not yet available, while you likely have them sitting in your store, you're not supposed to sell them until Verizon says it's OK.  In fact, your employer regards this as EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. See? They used all caps. No, we don't know when it's going to happen. So in the meantime, read this Droid Charge review.

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4 years ago

Is the HTC Kingdom Sprint's newer, smaller black slab?

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The Internet's all abuzz over a render and a leaked ROM for the HTC Kingdom, but what is it?  A peek through the leaked files tell us it has a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM7630 CPU, 768 MB of RAM, a four-inch qHD display, and both front and rear cameras.  Put all this on top of Gingerbread, and the rumor-mill takes care of the rest.  That's how the Internet works (trust us, we know).

But what does that really tell us, besides now knowing that it's not the Evo 3D?  Rumor No. 1 says it's a world phone.  Maybe, maybe not.  Yes the MSM7630 has "world phone support."  It's also the same CPU that we find in the Evo Shift 4G, which is a CDMA-only device.  Rumor No. 2 says it will feature FM receive and transmit.  Again, the Bluetooth chipset supports this, but that doesn't mean it will happen -- think Nexus One and its hidden, unused FM radio.

And finally, just because we see a render and a leaked RUU doesn't mean we'll ever see the phone.  I'd love for it to appear (especially as a dual mode CDMA/GSM device), but a good portion of these leaks just never pan out, even if they make it as far as a usable prototype (hello there Verizon Merge!).  Manufacturers build and pitch a lot of different models to the carriers, who cherry pick the ones they think will sell.

I think this one would make for a nice choice when on the shelf next to a bigger, and surely more power-hungry Evo 3D, and hope to see it with all the features we're hoping for.  I think a lot of you folks want the same.  But for now, all we can do is keep our fingers crossed.

Source: PocketNow

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4 years ago

Google Earth updated, optimized for Honeycomb tablets

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Google Earth version 2.0 is now available in the Android Market, bringing with it optimization for Honeycomb-powered tablets. Google says that the app now takes full advantage of tablets’ large screens and advanced processing power, with a few new features in tow, including a new action bar with access to search, my location, layers, and reset-to-north.

Utilizing the large screen real estate, users can now explore fully-textured 3D buildings while browsing user photos on the side, just one of the experiences that was formerly limited to the desktop version only. If you're toting a tablet and want to take it for a spin around the world, hit the link after the break to download the update.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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4 years ago

LG Optimus Black initial review

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None more black. In a nutshell, that's how to describe the LG Optimus Black, one of the new crop of Android smartphones it unveiled earlier this year. Remember that black obelisk in Stanley Kubrick's "2001"? There you go. This is one sleek phone. But for all this "black" talk, it's also one of the brightest and most colorful phones around.

So what do you get with the Optimus Black? Start with a 4-inch touchscreen at the usual 480x800 resolution. But this isn't any regular display. This is LG's new "Nova" display, which boasts 700 "Nits" of luminosity. LG says that "is the critical figure required to achieve perfect outdoor visibility, allowing users to see the screen clearly under strong sunlight." And this Florida blogger certainly agrees.

Beyond that? The Optimus Black also has a cool little G-Key which in conjunction with the accelerometer can do so pretty cool things like let you cruise through the UI without tapping. Or you can shake to launch the camera from the lock screen. That's just scratching the surface.

The Optimus Black has LG's custom UI, which may look a bit familiar if you've ever used an Android phone by a company that rhymes with Ramrung. But LG's got a bunch of great little tweaks that we've been enjoying ever since the Optimus Z (read our full review). And it's gotten better since.

But enough talk. Check out pics and video of the Optimus Black after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC Flyer's Digital Pen gets priced at $79.99 at Best Buy

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When the WiFi-only HTC Flyer went available for pre-sale from Best Buy, we knew that the 7-inch tablet would cost $499. There was no word, however, on the price of the stylus, which is one of the features that differentiates this tablet from all the rest. New information from one of our readers who was perusing the Best Buy website found the price of the pen as well as a leather pouch for transporting it. The stylus, called the HTC Digital Pen at Best Buy, will retail for $79.99 and the leather pouch will go for $34.99. The pouch has been specifically designed for the Flyer and has a spot for the Digital Pen. If you're interested in both of these accessories, you can buy them in a bundle for $109, which will save about $5. Now we know the price for the tablet and the Digital Pen, is an HTC Flyer in your future?

Source: Best Buy; Thanks, Chris!

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson launches next-generation Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro

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Sony Ericsson just announced its next generation of Xperia Mini and Mini Pro Android Smartphones. Following up on the devices announced last year at Mobile World Congress (Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro), the phones each sport 3-inch touchscreens (at 320x480 resolution) and are running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor.

Put it this way: With 5MP cameras and Sony's Bravia display engine tucked in there for good measure, you've got the world's smallest 720p video shooters. The Xperia Mini weighs just 94 grams, and the Mini Pro follows suit at 136 grams.

Need more? Full pressers and specs are after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung Replenish video hands-on

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Read our Samsung Replenish initial review


Youtube link for mobile viewing

It's been a couple weeks now since our Samsung Replenish initial review, forged from a barstool in Midtown Manhattan, so it's time to take another look at Sprint's new eco-friendly phone. (It's made of 80 percent recycled material!)

And our initial impressions pretty much remain the same. You've got a mid-level Android smartphone (it's running Android 2.2.2 with a 600MHz Samsung processor) with a small 2.8-inch touchscreen and an pretty good physical keyboard.

So you'll be banging out messages left and right on the Replenish. That's a given, right? But let's talk turkey. Or, rather, Angry Birds. As you'll see in the video, Angry Birds runs just fine, but it suffers like most other apps on a phone like this -- the 320x240 resolution just doesn't get it done anymore. That's a trade-off you're just going to have to make, apparently, if you want a portrait keyboard (ie BlackBerry-esque) on an Android smartphone. And it's a shame, really, cause it's a form factor we really do want to get behind, and it could go a long way toward eating into RIM's dwindling-but-still-prevalent market share.

Samsung Replenish SpecsSamsung Replenish ForumsSamsung Replenish Accessories

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4 years ago

Motorola Titanium joins Sprint with iDEN Nextel Direct Connect capability

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If you're looking for an Android phone with a front-QWERTY keyboard and the familiar "chirp-chirp" of Nextel Direct Connect, you've just found it in the Motorola Titanium. It's got a 3.1-inch touchscreen, Android 2.1 and is military-spec'd for dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, high temperature and low temperature. In other words, it'll survive a week at a smartphone trade show.

Other features for the Titanium, which is the follow-up to the Motorola i1, include:

  • Support for Nextel Direct Connect Services, including Direct Connect, Group Connect®, International Direct Connect®, DirectSendSM, Group Messaging and NextMail®
  • Android Market for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download
  • Google mobile services such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Talk, Google Maps with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendar™ and YouTube
  • Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync) and personal (POP3 & IMAP) email
  • 5-megapixel camera with camcorder, 4x zoom and flash
  • Wi-Fi b/g
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • GPS navigation
  • microSD slot, with a 2GB memory card included, supporting up to 32GB
  • 1820 mAh Lithium-ion battery

No word yet on pricing or availability.

Source: Sprint

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4 years ago

Motorola XPRT brings a familiar face to Sprint, along with worldwide coverage

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A proper (and secure) Android phone for business has left many a suit wanting. But Motorola and Sprint aim to change that with the new Motorola XPRT. Basically it's the Droid Pro we've come to know on Verizon, tweaked for Sprint and beefed up with some serious enterprise features.

The XPRT sports Android 2.2 and the same 3.1-inch touchscreen and 1GHz processor as the Droid Pro. (Read our full review.) It is a full world phone -- meaning you can take it to any GSM network (outside the United States, presumably) and have full connectivity. Want more specs? Here you go.

  • Android Market™ for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download
  • Google™ mobile services, such as Google Maps™ with Navigation, Google Talk™, Gmail™ and YouTube™
  • Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®) and personal (POP & IMAP) email
  • Worldmode – CDMA (EVDO Rev. A), GSM/UMTS (HSPA) – international roaming service available in more than 200 countries
  • 3G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • 5-megapixel camera with camcorder and dual LED flash for low-light performance
  • microSD slot, with a 2GB memory card included, supporting up to 32GB
  • Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR
  • Wi-Fi® b/g/n
  • 1860 mAh Lithium-ion battery

The XPRT will be available for $129.99 on June 5 in Sprint stores, business sales, online at from telesales. You IT managers out there definitely need to look at this one.

Source: Sprint

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4 years ago

Bring old unlocked phones to Google IO for the 'Android for Good' program

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For those of you who love Google and almost everything they do (see: all of us), you're going to love this next bit.

Google is continuing its "Android for Good" program at Google I/O 2011 next week (we'll be there, by the way), meaning if you bring an unlocked device (like the G1, Nexus One, or Nexus S, for those of us here in the States) in good working condition, you can donate it and make sure someone in a developing country receives an Android smartphone.

There you have it, folks. Let's start changing lives, one Android phone at a time.

Source: The Official Google Code Blog

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4 years ago

HTC Sensation clears the FCC, T-Mobile radios confirmed

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The HTC PG58100 (also known as the HTC Sensation) has officially cleared the FCC, making it legal to sell in the United States, which is good, because T-Mobile totally is going to sell it in the United States.  Other documents at the FCC show that both front and rear cameras exist, as well as the standard Wifi and Bluetooth radios, which, of course, the Sensation (and just about every other new phone) has.  This doesn't mean we'll be seeing it on the store shelves any time soon -- that part's up to the carriers. 

There's some confusion out there about the PG58100 being the HTC Doubleshot (aka the MyTouch 4G Slide).  It's not.  We're talking two different phones here.  The phone that just passed the FCC today is the HTC Sensation, according to the model number.  The Doubleshot's leaked files show it to have PG59100 as it's model number, and there's no record of that one at the FCC just yet.  The confusion is understandable considering the sheer numbers of Android phones and the cryptic code names they all use. (Just ask Phil; he mutters them in his sleep. Or so I'm told.)

Source: FCC via UnwiredView

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4 years ago

Google Maps updated to 5.4.0

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Google released Maps version 5.4.0 today, bringing about a small list of changes from the previous 5.3.1 update.  Well, what's new in this version?  Google gives us the abilities to:

  • View your Google Maps searches in Google Web History for your account.
  • See additional business details for each search result on the map
  • Report "destination not here" in Navigation (Beta)

Enabling search history for your account could certainly come in handy for someone who let's say, typed in an address on their phone, but wants to recall the address on another device at a later date.  In other words, it basically centralizes your search history even more so you don't have to go looking all over the place for information you've already accessed.

The extra business details Google threw in for us include the star rating beneath the business name in the main map view, nice, and an aptly named "Details" section when you tap on the business for more info.  On a restaurant, for example, this adds the type of cuisine, parking, and meals served along with the year opened and neighborhood.

However, the real winner here looks to be the addition of reporting a destination that's not where Google Maps Navigation dumped you off.  This is a nice add-on seeking to improve the Navigation's accuracy even further.  If Google Maps has ever strayed me afar, I can't recall but in those rare circumstances some of us experience where something has disappeared, moved, or simply is not there/never was there, you can report it and Google will do their best to fix it.

Open up the Market on your phone and get your update on or hit up the links past the break.

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4 years ago

ThunderBolt update unofficially delayed, or at least is very, very slow

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In case the sight of several thousand HTC ThunderBolt owners either twiddling their thumbs or jamming them obsessively on the "Check for update" button wasn't enough for you, it appears that the 1.13.605.7 update for the 'Bolt has been delayed. That's the update that Verizon's Twitter support account said was pushing out starting yesterday, and the one that nobody has seen either hide or hair of since.

No word yet if this has anything to do with Verizon's LTE crash last week, or if it's some other showstopper bug that must have cropped up in the last minute. Stay tuned, folks.

Source: Droid-Life; More info: ThunderBolt forums

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4 years ago

O2 UK Xperia Play release date slips to June

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British network O2 has posted another update on its efforts to get the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play released to its customers. Software bugs resulted in the O2-branded Xperia Play missing its launch date of April 1, and now it looks like the first PlayStation-certified smartphone won't be making an appearance on O2 until next month.

Writing on the carrier's official blog, O2's Head of Testing, Stuart Hibberd said that all of the bugs identified back in late March are now either fixed, or in the process of being fixed. When launch day eventually rolls around, O2 will offer the standard black Xperia Play, along with an exclusive white version.

Source: O2 Blog

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4 years ago

Samsung Droid Charge review

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It's big, it's bright, it's fast — but is it worthy of the Droid name?

How many 4.3-inch 4G LTE smartphones does Verizon need? How many you got? Because with the launch of the Samsung Droid Charge, Big Red now has a pair of large, fast Android 2.2 smartphones.

The Droid Charge finds itself coming into existence at a weird time. It was announced at CES in early January 2011. And now, four months later, finally is coming to market. And in that time we've seen Samsung unleash the likes of the Galaxy S II which is, in a word -- sexy.

So we've got a few reservations. A few worries. One is in Verizon's LTE network and its ramifications on hardware. While it's blazing fast, it'll drain a battery faster than a blogger drains a beer. And another is in Samsung's perceived inability to update the software on its phones in a timely fashion. Whether or not that's true, well, that's another matter.

So join us after the break as we dive into the Samsung Droid Charge.

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